Feature Friday: Marcel Goc

Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Marcel Goc. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Goc’s face of determination. Photo Credit: Getty Images   One may look at Marcel Goc’s non-flashy stats throughout his career, and wonder how much of an asset he actually is. Up until this point in the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Hey Eb-bett!

When Marcel Goc was sidelined recently with a foot injury, I knew without checking the news wire who the Penguins would recall. Hey Eb-bett! Yes, Andrew Ebbett. All 5’9” and 174 pounds of him. Heaven forbid the Pens bring up a forward with size (Adam Payerl) or sandpaper (Bobby Farnham) to fill in on the fourth line. Instead, they promote a guy who struggles to win puck battles...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 24: New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins

New Jersey Devils (9-11-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA In their first meeting, Pittsburgh beat New Jersey 8-3 in one of the more bizarre games this season.  The Pens were down 3-1 at one point, then scored seven unanswered to pull out the victory. Things: - The Devils are on a four game losing streak.  Things...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 24 Between the Devils and Penguins

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The Pittsburgh Penguins (16-5-2) can only hope their second meeting with the New Jersey Devils (9-11-4) tomorrow night goes as well as the first one. On October 28th at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh crushed the Devils by the score of 8-3. The game didn’t start out well as the Devils got on the board nine seconds into the game, but the Penguins...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend Recap: Goc got hurt, Brad Boyes rumor

Over the holiday the Penguins split a home and home with the Hurricanes. NHL standings say this: But if the Dan Bylsma era taught us anything, looks can be deceiving. Don’t get us wrong, being tops in the NHL is cool, but this Penguins team has a lot of work to do. Marcel Goc got hurt On Friday night, Marcel Goc hurt blocking a shot. He wasn’t so happy about it…   He got...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Marcel Goc leaves game

The Pittsburgh Penguins are going through an injury streak. One of their recent players to go down was 4th liner Marcel Goc, who missed two periods during Friday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. #459432332 / A shot hit Goc in the foot during the first period. He left the ice and did not return to the game. Goc only played 3:05 last night.He...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 23 Between the Hurricanes and Penguins

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The Pittsburgh Penguins want to forget about the first game of this home and home series with the Carolina Hurricanes that took place last night at CONSOL Energy Center. The Hurricanes (7-12-3) defeated the sloppy Penguins (15-5-2) 4-2 with a two-goal night from forward Jiri Tlusty, who will most likely be traded by the trade deadline since he...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 9 Between the Penguins and Kings

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey) Over the past summer a major topic of conversation for the Penguins was the bottom-six forward corps.  Jim Rutherford did what he could do to repair the group by retaining Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter and bringing in Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau, and Steve Downie.  This was a welcome relief for a team that spent the last two seasons in the bottom...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 6 Between the Penguins and Red Wings

By: Nick Richter (@PensNation_Nick) Special Teams It’ll be a matchup of the NHL’s best tonight, as Pittsburgh, the NHL’s #1 team on the power play, goes up against Detroit, the #1 team on the penalty kill. The Pens power play is absolutely lethal right now, clicking at 42.1%. While Detroit has stopped every power play awarded to its opponents this season. Things aren’t coming...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 5 – Pens Dress Well and Play Sloppy in 5-3 Loss to Flyers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Flyers 5  Pens 3 Record: 3-2 Goals Spaling (1) from Ehrhoff, Comeau Dupuis (2) from Martin, Malkin Goc (1) from Spaling, Downie Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Stupid (was about to win a race for a puck and decided to ignore the puck and hit Couturier for interference) Despres (fighting) – Inconsequential (was...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 Florida Panthers capsule

FLORIDA PANTHERS LAST SEASON: 29-45-8, 66 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 15th in the Eastern Conference. COACH: Gerald Gallant, 1st season with Panthers; 4th overall in NHL, 56-76-4. ADDED: C Jussi Jokinen, C Dave Bolland, D Willie Mitchell, G Al Montoya, C Derek MacKenzie, LW Shawn Thornton. LOST: D Tom Gilbert, C Scott Gomez, C Marcel Goc, D Ed Jovanovski, G Tim Thomas...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 2 – Pens Blanked by Blue Jackets, 2-0

By: Meesh Shanmugam *Preseason Intro* Welcome back everyone! With a new season, new coach, new GM, and new hope (at least temporarily), I’ll be working on some new formats for the postgame thoughts before the regular season arrives. Ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged; let me know what you want to see and read about! Goal assessments and descriptions will return when...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Top Six by @BrianK_PI

Jim Rutherford inherited a Penguins roster that still had much of the talent from the back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Finals but had seen the supporting cast slowly deteriorate over the five years since then. When free agency opened Rutherford move quickly, adding Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, and re-signing Marcel Goc to help fortify the bottom six while adding a very good backup...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Depth Chart 2014 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins C 1. Sidney Crosby  2. Evgeni Malkin  3. Brandon Sutter  4. Marcel Goc  L 1. Chris Kunitz  2. Beau Bennett (LTI) 3. Nick Spaling  4. Blake Comeau  5. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond R 1. Patric Hornqvist  2. Pascal Dupuis 3. Steve Downie  4...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Why I am an Optimist for this Coming Season

In a word, DEPTH. For the first time since the end of the 2013 season the Penguins will have true forward depth and that season was augmented by unprecedented trade deadline acquisitions the likes of which will likely never occur again. They have not started a season with this much depth since the Consol Energy Center opened. Counting Kasperi Kapanen, the team has nine players who...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

An Everyday Guide For Advanced Metrics In Hockey

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey) The prominence of hockey analytics is growing each season as more people begin to see the usefulness of “fancy stats.”  It’s no different here at The PensNation.  As advanced stats inform our writing more and more, we thought it would be good to compile of list of the more commonly used metrics and give a little insight as to what exactly...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Lines be a Mix or a Mix and Remix?

Once Branden Sutter is signed the Pittsburgh Penguins will have their lines set at the Center position. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Branden Sutter and Marcel Goc will provide depth down the middle very few teams can match and hopefully once they have become acclimated to the new system being installed, will drive a once again lethal offensive charge. Outside of Chris Kunitz flanking...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens Initiative Grades The Pens Free Agency (So Far)

As the Pens are in the midst of day 3 of Free Agency, we at Pens Initiative think it's time to take a look back and assess what has happened so far.We know this off-season has brought about a new GM in Jim Rutherford and a new coach in Mike Johnston.  They also went through the draft and acquired some offensive talent there.  They traded away a fan favorite in James Neal for Patric...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Thoughts Part I: Penguins Succeed in Adding Cheap Depth

By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) The start of free agency was busy for all Penguins, both old and new. The Pens so far have added five players, retained two, and waved goodbye to eight others with some eye-opening and jaw-dropping contracts. Here are some thoughts on the additions and re-signings. Part II will be a look at the departures. Free Agent Signings Christian Ehrhoff from...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Re-Ups German Goc by   Colin Fitts

After acquiring Marcel Goc prior to the trade deadline last season, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins want to keep him. Pittsburgh has re-signed Goc to a 1-year, $1.2 million contract. Goc, 30, played in 21 games in Pittsburgh — regular season and playoffs — amassing just 3 assists. The depth center gives Pittsburgh a safety net when Sidney Crosby and [...]
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Top three free agent targets

The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be losing a ton of players via free agency this year and that will leave a ton of holes in this lineup. They may sign a few to keep that are irreplaceable but they can replace a lot of the players via free agency. Who are the top three free agent targets for the Penguins? Let’s see. Raymond was productive in Vancouver before his move to Toronto...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was a back-and-forth game in which both teams spent considerable amounts of time controlling the play.  The Rangers, however, controlled the beginning when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the end when they scored the game-clinching goal in overtime.  The Penguins had their moments as well such...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1 – Rangers 3 Pens 2 (OT)

Rangers 3  Pens 2 (OT) Rangers lead the series 1-0. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Stempniak (2) from Bennett, Goc Neal (2) from Jokinen, Malkin The Penguins have no home ice advantage in playoff overtimes. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)   Game 1 Leaders Shots: Kunitz (7) Missed Shots: Kunitz, Neal, Sutter (2) Blocked Shots: Letang (3) Hits: Adams, Glass (4) Ice Time...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

QUICK CAP: Joy of Suck. Pens take 3-2 series lead.

The Penguins did something different in Game 5. Shockingly, probably to Dan Bylsma, it worked. The Penguins played Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together for most of the game. This disabled the Blue Jackets’ targeting of Sidney Crosby with Brandon Dubinsky and forced Columbus to do something different. IMAGINE THAT. Three things that worked - The insertion of Marcel Goc and...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Before the CBJ puck drops: Pittsburgh, Game 5

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS GAME FIVE (2) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. (7) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SERIES TIED, 2-2   We're back to square one, so to speak. After the first four games of the series were literally split down the middle -- four 4-3 games with each team winning a home game and an away game -- the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins are...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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